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My clients often ask me “How do I prevent dry and brittle hair and what helps hair loss?” I usually answer with a question “How is your diet?”. We often think the healthy hair has only to do with what we use externally but beautiful and healthy hair also comes from what we put in our bodies. The nutrients you eat help fortify each hair follicle, where each strand is born, which means you’re a few meals away from awesome, healthy hair! I’m sure your next question is “what should I eat?” Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables and lots of WATER. This may help slow down the process of hair loss. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that may provide protection for the hair follicles and encourage hair growth. Eat plenty of foods high in biotin and/or take supplements. Biotin is needed for healthy hair and skin and may even prevent hair loss. If your like you me then you LOVES to eat!! Try throwing some of these fruits and vegetables into your recipes and enjoy eating your way to healthy hair.
Healthy Hair Food
Eating avocado regularly means we get a steady supply of biotin for gorgeous hair, healthy nails and moisturized skin. Avocados are a rich source of proteins, amino acids and vitamins, which help promote the growth of healthier tresses.
Also try using avocado oil in salads, marinades and brush over roasted vegetables.
Iron deficiency can cause hair loss; an easy way to prevent iron deficiency is to include spinach in your diet. The iron, folate, beta-carotene and vitamin C in spinach help keep hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating.
I throw a hand full of spinach in my strawberry and banana smoothie in the morning. It’s so good!!
Sweet potatoes are a great source of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which your body turns into Vitamin A. When it comes to your hair, vitamin A produces oils to sustain your scalp. Deficiency in Vitamin A can leave our scalps itchy and cause irritating dandruff.
You can also find Vitamin A in apricot, cantaloupe, mangoes, and pumpkin.
Lentils are small but a mighty member of the legume family. Legumes are a great source of iron, protein and biotin, nutrients that are vital for healthy hair.
Blueberries are packed with Vitamin C. Vitamin C is critical for circulation to the scalp and support the tiny blood vessels that feed the follicles. Too little Vitamin C in your diet can lead to hair breakage.
You can also find Vitamin C in red bell peppers, tomatoes, kiwis and strawberries.
Nuts are great for healthy hair they have oils, which contribute to the elastin in your hair. If you don’t have enough oils in the body your hair can break. Walnuts have a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids. They are also rich in biotin and vitamin E.
Of course, there’s more to your hair than what you eat. But if you eat well, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep and exercise it will show in your tresses. Use these foods to build a strong foundation for healthy hair. So…. what are your cooking tonight??